Doctor Polaris
General Information
Real name: Neal Emerson
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol 2#12 (April, 1962)
Created by: John Broome
Gil Kane
Affiliations: Formerly Legion of Doom
The Society



Dr. Neal Emerson had won public acclaim as a physician who created miracle cures using magnetism. However. exposure to those forces gave him a split personality. He created a costume and weaponry that generated magnetic energy and became the criminal Dr. Polaris. He later altered himself so his own body would generate magnetic power.

Early life

Neal Emerson and his brother John where raised in an abusive household. Due to the psychological trauma behind those events, Neal became withdrawn and developed a dark side. When Neal was older he left the U.S. for a year and returned to find that his brother had married a woman named Katherine and adopted a baby he named Grant. Neal was not particularly family oriented but he was fond of Grant.

Neal excelled in medical school and begun to be develop an interest in magnets. Though ridiculed for his ideas, Neal believed that by using ones mind magnetism could be used and harnessed by the mind. He becomes an author and lecturer on the idea of "Health via Magnetism." Neal becomes even more immersed in the idea to the point he comes up with the name "Doctor Polaris" and even dawns a special costume and mask to use during his lectures.

Downward Spiral to Evil

Neal eventually comes to believe that his overzealousness has allowed him to absorb too much magnetic energy, and tries to drain off the excess energy without success. Out of options, he decides his best bet would be to make a public appeal at a charity event to Green Lantern. Neal believes that Green Lantern's Power Ring can help him, but his evil persona chooses that moment to take over. He then proceeds to rob the charity event, and ends up getting into a confrontation with the Green Lantern. At the hospital, Green Lantern probes Neal's mind and learns of his split personality. When Neal recovers he attacks the Green Lantern with metal objects, but Green Lantern gets the upper-hand and defeats him. Neal's good personality resurfaces and he is placed in police custody.

Justice League and Green Lantern

Neal returns to fight the Justice League with new associates Killer Moth, Dagon, the Mask and the Pied Piper, but it is revealed the Demons Three, Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast had made magical duplicates of the villains. In the end the Justice League prevails.

After being released from prison, tries to find out whats the source of Green Lantern's power by kidnapping his friend, Tom Kalmaku. He comes to find that Green Lantern's power battery is hidden at Ferris Aircraft. Using his abilities Neal places a magnetic barrier around the battery, so that Hal couldn't recharge his ring to full power. After tracking down Neal just as his ring ran out of power, Neal uses his powers on Green Lantern, apparently killing him. Hal's body disappears.

Underworld Unleashed

Over the years, the Polaris and Emerson personalities fought for dominance, until Polaris was approached by the demon Neron. Polaris sold Neron Emerson’s soul in exchange for greater power and being rid of the other, restraining side of his personality. Polaris was one of Neron's lieutenants before being betrayed by Lex Luthor and the Joker.

Polaris attacked Steel at his home in Washington D.C., seeking a weapon called the Annihilator which Steel had built. Polaris was not satisfied when Steel told him he had destroyed it, reasoning that Steel could easily build him another one. During the battle, Steel's grandmother attacked Polaris and was killed. Polaris was only driven away because the Parasite had turned up and attacked him. Parasite, afraid of absorbing Polaris's mind and not just his power, let him go before killing him. Polaris fled to Keystone City.

Some time after that, Polaris showed up at Poseidonis when that city was on the surface. Polaris attempted to seize control of the city, prompting a battle against Aquaman and his allies. At that same time, Maxima was in the city trying to force Aquaman to marry her. Using her powerful mental abilities, Maxima compelled Polaris into believing that his alternate personality had re-emerged, forcing him into a nearly catatonic state.

In 2001, Polaris emerged during the Joker's Last Laugh crisis attempting to take control of the magnetic South Pole itself, forcing a battle against the Justice League.

Villains United

Doctor Polaris was a member of Lex Luthor's Secret Society of Super-Villains during the Infinite Crisis. He joined a large gathering of Society members who ambushed the Secret Six in a dockyard outside Gotham City. He was then part of a group that ambushed the Freedom Fighters in an abandoned plant near Metropolis. The battle became a bloodbath as the Society killed Black Condor and Phantom Lady. Polaris lunged at Human Bomb. The explosive hero ripped open his costume and unleashed the full force of his power at point-blank range right at Polaris. The force of the explosion blew Polaris to bits. Following the battle when the site was investigated, pieces of Polaris were all over the place.

Doctor Polaris Death

Dr. Polaris's Death

One Year Later

Recently, however, in the pages of "Justice League of America," a Doctor Polaris has appeared as a member of Libra's Secret Society. This has been shown to be his successor.

Blackest Night

Neal Emerson's corpse was possessed by a black ring and transformed into a Black Lantern. According to The Calculator's conversation with Luthor, he proceeded to rip the heart out of his successor.

Powers and Abilities


  • Magnetic Manipulation: Doctor Polaris can shape and manipulate electromagnetic fields that exist naturally or artificially, allowing him to lift and move heavy objects, control ferrous particles in the atmosphere, and even alter the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Electro-magnetic Spectrum Manipulation: ability to project or manipulate many forms of energy that are related to magnetism. He can fire bolts of electricity and create enough intense heat to destroy a metal door.
  • Magnetic Force-Fields: Doctor Polaris can erect electro-magnetic force fields with a high degree of impenetrability, protecting himself or others from almost any psionic, energy, or physical attack.
  • Flight: By creating an anti-gravity field around himself, Doctor Polaris possesses the ability to levitate, and inevitably fly and subsonic speeds reaching 500 mph.


Physician & Physicist: Polaris was a noted physician and physicist who originally could use magnetic power for healing purposes.


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Vulnerability to heat, which reduces the powers of magnetism and can shut off his powers. Vulnerability to telepathic attacks due to his extremely fragile psyche.



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  • At the beginning of his career, Polaris used various weapons to generate the needed magnetic power.

In Other Media

TV Shows

Justice League Unlimited

In Justice League Unlimited, Dr. Polaris (wearing his original costume and voiced by Michael Rosenbaum) is seen as a member of the new Secret Society led by Gorilla Grodd. He and the Key rescue Lex Luthor from the pursuing cops and brought him to Grodd. He, Lex Luthor, and Key raid the Blackhawks old base and battle Hawkgirl, Flash, Fire and a retired Blackhawk and are able to get away by putting the base on self-destruct which is aborted. Here, he is portrayed as one of the Legion's most powerful members.

Dr. Polaris returns in the episode "The Great Brain Robbery", in which he attempts to wrest control of the organization from Lex Luthor. Luthor reveals that when he augmented Polaris' powers, he installed failsafes that allow him override Polaris' powers.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Dr. Polaris appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode Fall of the Blue Beetle!, voiced by Lex Lang. Dr. Polaris attempts to rob a gold reserve, but is foiled by Batman, even though a talkative and unconcerned Blue Beetle distracts him.

Dr. Polaris also appears in the episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" where he attacks a tourist trap being visited by Aquaman, but is defeated by Hal Jordan before the King of the Seas can become involved.


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